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- BlogFri, 7 Oct 2016Class Service
In 2013, I volunteered to support a soldier serving in Afghanistan. I am a civilian from a family whose last contribution to any war effort involved fighting Hitler and Tojo, but the lingering ramifications of 9/11 bothered me, in particular the wide gulf between the protected and our protectors. I adopted a soldier deployed to a combat... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogFri, 30 Sep 2016On Being a Student Veteran
A transition is defined as movement, passage, or change from one position, state, stage, subject, or concept to another. For over a year, I have been living this definition. Where is my movement directed? Has my state changed, or if it does, will I fully grasp that it has? Conceptually, what does the label “student veteran”... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 26 Sep 2016All I Know is Change
In April of 2000 I came home to my mom from the US Navy after three years of service. Earlier that year I was honorably discharged early but re-enlisted because I wanted to be in service to my country for a while longer. The transition to my new duty station was difficult and when I asked for help, I was given none. I experienced anxiety... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogFri, 16 Sep 2016A Service of Another Kind
If someone were to ask you to define military service in America, you might conjure up images of tough soldiers and marines running into battle in some far flung country; a navy sailor on a submarine, quietly waiting as an enemy vessel passes close by; a pilot being pushed back into their seat by inhuman amounts of pressure as they... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogFri, 9 Sep 2016The Road From Lamp Shade to Helmet
Marine Corps take the wheel, Take it from my hands, ‘Cause I can’t take this student loan, I’m letting go, So give me rank of Lance, Save me from this road I’m on, Marine Corps take the wheeeeel. ~ (with apologies to Carrie Underwood) In 2007 I was a college senior living off campus in my rugby... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogThu, 1 Sep 2016What Does it Mean to Serve?
At first, when asked the question, “What does it means to serve,” it sounds similar to, “Why did you join the military?” “Serving” never occured to me. Escape did. I wanted to get out of Stroudsburg, the Poconos and away from the shitty little town I grew up in. In addition, I may have developed... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogSun, 21 Aug 2016We Want to See Other People
Dear Reader, Don’t worry, Service Together isn’t breaking up with you. Let us explain. If you’re reading this blog, you probably already know about Service Together. Perhaps you attended one of our veteran-civilian dialogues; maybe you joined us for a service project at Ronald McDonald House; or maybe you heard about... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogSun, 26 Jun 2016Suicide Monologue
(Part I of 2) One steamy night in the summer of 1969, at Marble Mt. Air Base near Da Nang in Viet Nam, a rocket exploded near me and I died. There was screaming, explosions, dust, smoke, chaos; I had no torn flesh, no blood in the dust, but I died. My flesh did not die but I had shattered. In death, I became a ghost. In life, a shadow.... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogSun, 26 Jun 2016Suicide Monologue
(Part 2 of 2) A friend suggested I read "Gestalt Therapy Verbatim" by Fritz Perls. I did and my intuition flowered. Perls said to look at those things we avoid for growth. He said to do dreamwork. I was consumed by nightmares. There was far more war in my sleep than I had experienced in Viet Nam. The battles in my sleep became... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogThu, 19 May 2016The Universal Feminism of Caregiving And Other...
(Part 1 of 4) Some months ago, I found myself sitting at a conference table with many well dressed, important people who work in veterans’ services. We were gathered together to provide feedback and guidance on a national campaign to retell the stories of veterans, with an emphasis on bridging the military-civilian divide. The... more...Filters: Service Together